Club football’s biggest game will return on June 1st, 2024, as the Champions League final heads to London at the iconic Wembley stadium.
Featuring the world’s greatest players all representing some of football’s most illustrious clubs, the Champions League final is the pinnacle of football at club level.
Will defending champions, Manchester City, be able to retain their crown or will Real Madrid, pushed by the brilliant Jude Bellingham be able to stop them?
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich will be expected to go far with Harry Kane spearheading their attack or could this be the year that PSG finally fulfil their potential?
UEFA Champions League Final 2024 Date
Bringing down the curtain on club football in Europe a few weeks before Euro 2024 gets underway, the 2024 Champions League final will take place on June 1st, 2024, at London’s Wembley Stadium, the home of English football.
UEFA Champions League Final 2024 Venue and Stadium
Wembley Stadium is once again the host venue for the Champions League final and its standing as English football’s national stadium, one of football’s most iconic grounds, often means players performing there want to deliver.
The Wembley atmosphere has been seen and heard around the world for well over a century through two stadiums following the 2007 redevelopment of the stadium.
Fans of football, American football, boxing, and professional wrestling have occupied the stadium on various occasions to create lasting memories whilst watch the absolute best that sport and entertainment has to offer.
Wembley Stadium: The Place of the Final
This will be Wembley’s eighth time staging the final across its current site and previous one so the hallowed turf of English football will have no issues highlighting the biggest club game that football has to offer.
Below is a list of finals hosted at Wembley
- 1962-63, Milan, Benfica, 2-1
- 1967-68, Manchester United, Benfica, 4-1
- 1970-71, Ajax, Panathinaikos, 2-0
- 1977-78, Liverpool, Club Brugge, 1-0
- 1991-92, Barcelona, Sampdoria, 1-0
- 2010-11, Barcelona, Manchester United, 3-1
- 2012-13, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, 2-1
Favourite Teams to Play the UCL Final 2024
As defending holders, Manchester City are the team to beat in this year’s competition as they look to win the competition for a second tome under Pep Guardiola.
City’s form at home in recent years has not always transferred to the continental competitions but after securing their first Champions League title in 2023, they’ll be eager to add more.
Opposing City for the honour will be Real Madrid. The 2022 winners and record holders of the compettioon have been very impressive since adding Jude Bellingham to their ranks and they’ll be confident they can go far.
In Germany, Bayern Muncih have had things their own way for the last decade but they’re fully aware that Europe is where they’ll be judged. Can the German giants add to their impressive Champions League record this year and deliver glory to Harry Kane in his first season there?
Historical Finals of UCL Final 2024
The yes of the world will be on the 2024 Champions League final, but will it be able to match up to some of the tournament’s previous great finals that are listed below.
2005 – Liverpool 3 – 3 AC Milan 3 (Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties)
3-0 down at half time to a star-studded AC Milan side, Liverpool fought back from the brink of defeat against all odds thanks to the brilliance of Steven Gerrard.
After levelling the game in six crazy second half minutes, Liverpool resisted multiple Milan attacks to send the game to penalties where Jerzy Dudek was the hero.
1999 – Manchester United 2 – 1 Bayern Munich
On 89 minutes, Manchester United’s treble dream was basically over as they had no answer to the brilliance of Bayern Munich who had led for most of the game thanks to a Mario Basler free kick.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham, two late substitutes for United, were both about to give up though and their late goals ensured that United completed one of the greatest ever seasons as they won three trophies.
1994 – AC Milan 4 – 0 Barcelona
AC Milan were one of football’s best sides in the early 1990s but even they were not supoosed to compare with Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona that featured Romario, Pep Guardiola, Ronald Koeman and Hristo Stoichkov.
Stifled by injuries and suspension, Milan shouldn’t have been able to compete, but they turned in a defensive masterclass and constantly punished Barcelona on the counter to win Europe’s biggest prize in a one-sided manner.
Teams with More UCL Finals Played
Real Madrid have been the most dominant team in Champions League/European Cup history with 14 victories from their 17 final appearances. The Spanish side last won the competition in 2022 and haven’t lost a final since they were beaten by Liverpool in 1981.
AC Milan are next on the list with seven victories from 11 finals with their last success coming in 2007 when they beat Liverpool in 2007.
Bayern Munich have also played in 11 finals with six wins, and they last took the trophy in 2020 when defeating PSG.
Like Bayern Munich, Liverpool are also on six wins from their 10 finals and they last tased glory in 2019 when defeating Tottenham Hotspur in an all-English final in 2019.
Despite not winning the competition, Atletico Madrid have appeared in three finals, losing all of them with two being against bitter rivals, Real Madrid.
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